Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 5/22/16 A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe: The Forfeit


This month A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe is “Book of the Month” so here’s the next snippet of this midwinter Regency.


Miss Jenny Crowley has found out on her 18th birthday that instead of getting her long-promised season in London, she’s instead been betrothed to the boy-next-door, Alec Isley. To give her a chance to socialize before her parents insist she marry, her aunt invites her to a Christmas house party where she can meet other young men. Jenny is attracted to Lord Somersby, who proposes a game of Blind Man’s Bluff between sets in an evening of dancing. Lord Somersby has just caught Jenny.


Somersby bent his head down, sniffing her hair. “Ah, Miss Crowley, how lovely to see you again,” he said as he released her and pulled the scarf from his eyes, a roguish grin spreading across his face.

“How…how did you know it was me?” Jenny asked, and gazed into the handsome face, her stomach clenched.

“The smell of jasmine will forever be linked to you in my mind, my dear,” he whispered in her ear.

Drat it, her new perfume had betrayed her. Not that she truly minded being caught by him, but her body froze with dread at the thought of paying his forfeit.

“And for your forfeit, Miss Crowley, I claim…”

Another dance, please, let him ask for another dance.

“A kiss.”


A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe is available at Amazon currently on sale for $.99.


Is one kiss ever enough?

Jenny Crowley has been duped! At her eighteenth birthday celebration her parents announce that instead of having the London Season she’s dreamed of for years, Jenny has been betrothed from birth to Alexander Isley, son of family friends and heir to a title. A distraught Jenny refuses point-blank to marry Alec, and when her aunt offers to whisk her away to a Christmas house party, complete with many eligible young bachelors, Jenny jumps at the chance to enjoy a variety of entertainments, be courted, and perhaps fall in love.

Alec Isley is between a rock and a hard place. He desires a marriage with Jenny no more than she does, but when his family’s dire financial status is revealed, he follows Jenny to the house party in hopes of convincing her to marry him after all. When he discovers who else is courting her there, Alec is frantic to keep her from making a dreadful mistake. Struggling with new-found feelings for his childhood friend, can Alec convince her of his love in time to save her from being ruined under the mistletoe?

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.




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10 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 5/22/16 A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe: The Forfeit

  1. E.D. Martin says:

    I was all for the kiss until I read the blurb, and now it doesn’t seem like such a great idea after all. But I’m guessing she doesn’t agree with me.


  2. Such a good book! Wonderful photo you found to post with it. 🙂


  3. Oh, a kiss is never just a kiss….nicely done!


  4. Ed Hoornaert says:

    You worked the sense of smell in very smoothly, something that isn’t always easy to do!


  5. Smoothly done, loved all the details. This is a terrific story and the snippet was delicious.


  6. Oh man, the boy next door is looking more and more boring by the second!


  7. A kiss is tantamount to an engagement in some circles, in certain eras. She had better be careful she doesn’t end up engaged to the wrong man. Love these period stories.


  8. Nancy Gideon says:

    I think this is a forfeit she will total win! Nice tease, Jenna!


  9. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I have a feeling this kiss will bring all kinds of trouble. Great snippet! 🙂


  10. Kim Magennis says:

    Wicked hook, Jenna..
    Please tell me we get the kiss next week!?


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